Leave your car and your cares at the marina because Little Gasparilla is accessible only by water taxi! That means our beaches are uncrowded and tourists and traffic are just a mainland memory. If you are looking for a quiet tropical island to relax and unplug, Little Gasparilla is your dream vacation spot. Our "nightlife" consists of giant sea turtles laying their eggs -- our only bar is the sand bar where you can find sand dollars and shells!
COCONUT HIDEAWAY is one of the most charming and unique homes on Little Gasparilla Island. This is our private home -- not a 'rental unit' -- and we have decorated it with antiques, oriental carpets, original artwork and many collections from our travels abroad. Our home is eclectic and rustic and has been enjoyed by our family for nearly three decades.
OLD FLORIDA STYLE RIGHT ON THE BEACH
Our Caribbean-inspired home is built in the 'Old Florida' style and boasts soaring high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, warm cedar walls, Tiffany-style lamps, a dramatic open staircase and unobstructed views of the beach from almost every room. We offer two screened porches, front and back, and open decks surround the house for sunning. Unlike many homes which are merely 'gulf view' or which require a long walk across the island on hot sand, our home is directly on the beach!
FREE CONCIERGE SERVICE TRANSPORTS LUGGAGE AND GROCERIES FOR YOU
Our island concierge will meet you at the dock upon your arrival and help transport
your groceries and bags to the house AND carry them up the stairs for you! This service is free to you and he will also help you take everything back to the dock upon departure.
CHARMING DECOR AND MANY UNEXPECTED EXTRAS
Comfortable handmade hammocks offer the perfect spot for reading. Al fresco dining is available on the front porch for balmy tropical evenings, or our indoor dining table seats 7-8. We have a breezy outdoor seating area on the front porch overlooking the Gulf, and a cozy conversation area on the back porch. We even have a tropical tiki hut nestled in the dunes, perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of wine...and a quiet tropical garden under the sea grapes, with orchids, frangipani, bamboo and ginger. The open-air outdoor shower is also a favorite of many of our guests, with steamy hot water on brisk winter evenings! We have a piano, a library, movies and even craft supplies! We also provide floats and rafts, noodles, snorkeling gear, fishing gear and we even have kayaks you can rent! We have spent over 25 years making Coconut Hideaway a very special and unique beach cottage to share with friends and family.
KING BEDS AND TWO LARGE BEDROOMS; (PLUS ONE SMALL BEDROOM)
Each of the two main bedrooms offers both a king-size bed and an additional small daybed perfect for small children. The cozy sleeping porch has a daybed with an additional trundle (two twins OR a king) and has its own private entrance. (Teenagers love the privacy! Please note, however, this is a very small room, especially with the trundle pulled out.) We also offer a sofabed in the living room and we have an inflatable aerobed for additional flexibility. We feature 100% cotton linens and a variety of pillows and plenty of blankets and quilts for the winter months.
COUNTRY KITCHEN WITH FULLY STOCKED PANTRY
The kitchen features granite counter tops, bread maker, blender, Keurig coffee machine along with drip coffeemaker, microwave, toaster oven, coffee grinder and crock pot. Two refrigerators offer plenty of space for extra ice, sodas and snacks. We also offer access to our fully stocked pantry, so you don't have to bring as many groceries….and if you don’t feel like leaving the island, you can almost always put together an impromptu meal from our pantry! From canned goods and spices to rice and drink mixes, we keep our pantry stocked with a variety of food items just in case you don't feel like heading to the mainland.
Coconut Hideaway is pet-friendly with some basic restrictions….we request that pets be on monthly flea control. We have oriental carpets so housebroken pets are required. And aggressive dogs must be kept on leash at all times. Yards on the island are not fenced so you must keep your pet under control.
PEACEFUL ISLAND AMBIANCE
As part of the barrier island chain that includes Sanibel and Captiva Island, Little Gasparilla Island offers the peace and serenity that those overcrowded islands cannot. As a bridge-less barrier island, accessible only by water taxi, Little Gasparilla Island has fewer tourists, no high rises and no crowds on the beach. You vacation with dolphins and egrets, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. Unlike the congested 'condo/townhome' complexes to the south, the beach in front of Coconut Hideaway is rarely crowded.
The fishing is superb from the beach or the dock, and children and adults alike will also enjoy shelling, snorkeling, riding skim boards or simply floating on a raft. Noisy nightlife is non-existent, though you may encounter ghost crabs or giant sea turtles on the beach. There is daily water taxi service to and from the island, so mainland visits are relatively convenient.
There are several golf courses within 10 minutes of the marina, and an excellent fish market (Miss Cindy's) just across Placida Bay. There are charming gift and souvenir shops in the villages of Placida and Boca Grande.
Please note that most houses on Little Gasparilla island are on stilts. Unfortunately, we are not handicap-accessible. We provide baby gates for stairs inside the home but small children will require supervision on the stairs.
• You must notify us if you wish to bring or rent a boat. New regulations enacted by the state of Florida limit boats to 21 ft. at our dock.
• Please note there is no smoking in the beach house.
We think you will find your vacation on Little Gasparilla Island to be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable holidays ever! And, at Coconut Hideaway, we try to make it as easy as possible to have a stress-free vacation.
Includes a slip on dock number 51 (max boat length of 24 ft).
*** FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS ***
*** LARGE SCREEN HDTV with DVR in living room and upstairs bedroom ***
*** BEACH UMBRELLA, BOOGIE BOARDS, FLOATS, RAFTS and BEACH TOYS PROVIDED***
*** ACCESS TO FULLY-STOCKED PANTRY ***
*** PETS OK (pet fee may be assessed) ***
*** TROPICAL GARDEN AND TIKI HUT ***
*** FREE CONCIERGE SERVICE (meets you at the dock and helps transport bags and groceries to the house***
Service 'extras' such as additional maid service or mid-week concierge service during your stay may be available by prior arrangement. Ask us about boat and jet ski rentals, golf cart rentals, guided fishing trips, sea turtle patrols, seaplane tours, etc. The house is to be occupied by no more than 6 persons without prior approval, and any party falsely representing the number of people in the home will be subject to immediate eviction without refund. In the event authorities order a mandatory evacuation from the island because of hurricane, you will receive a prorated refund.
LITTLE GASPARILLA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...PLEASE READ!
• You cannot drive your car to the island and the only access is via water taxi; there is no vehicle ferry.
• You must park your car at the marina at the mainland but it will be perfectly safe there; parking is $6 a day.
• The water taxi is $10 per person each way and he will drop you right at our dock
• All homes come with a grill. We have a charcoal grill and an electric grill.
• All homes come with beach chairs and an umbrella.
• You must bring all groceries to the island with you.
• There are no stores of any kind on the island, not even a convenience store.
• There is no need to bring drinking water; the water from the tap is safe and drinkable.
• There are first responders on the island and we have 911 service in case of an emergency.
• Golf carts are not necessary; the island is only 100-200 yards wide in most places and our concierge will meet you upon arrival to bring you to the house. But they are fun to go exploring.
• You can fish off the dock or the beach but non-Florida residents will need to purchase a fishing license.
• The beach is dog-friendly but dogs must be under your control, non-aggressive and most homes charge a pet fee.
INTERNET: There is no wired internet service on the island. There are a couple options for wifi. Most people just opt to use the mobile hotspots on their smartphones, especially if they have unlimited data or a large data plan. Cell service is excellent and that is the most convenient option...and it seems to work a bit faster. We can provide instructions on hot spotting if you are not familiar. If you do not have a smartphone, we provide a free Verizon jetpack BUT you have to purchase data. You can either bring a Verizon card with you OR we can sell you one when we bring over the jetpack. You can buy as much data as you need, but it IS expensive....so we urge guests NOT to plan on using the jetpack for entertainment...no streaming music or videos, etc. It is more than adequate for checking emails, etc. and most people use about 2G of data per week which is $35. 5G is $60 and 10G is $100. (It is sort of like a cruise where you have to pay for the minutes you are on-line.) You just need to let us know in advance so we can make sure we have a fully charged jetpack available for you. If you bring a Verizon card with you, we can show you how to add the data. Or, we can pre-add data prior to your arrival but you have to let us know how much you think you will need. Just keep in mind that it is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland, and anything that uses up a lot of data will increase your costs. We usually suggest that people download books and movies to their tablets or e-readers BEFORE arriving.
PLEASE NOTE: We do require that two members of each group must be over 25